Park of  Disasters. Life of One Island 27/09/2019

International Committee Program

Park of Disasters. Life of One Island


The theater:
Nanterre-Amandiers (Nanterre, France)
1 h. 45 min. The performance runs without intermission
The author of the work:
Philippe Quesne
The languages of performance:
The performance is in French
November 8, 9, 10, 2018

The play starts with a plane crash. A film showing the events inside a plane is shown on a large screen. The entire space is shaken by wind and rain. The airliner goes down into the sea. The action begins on stage. Eight survivors find themselves on a desert island, reminiscent of a construction set piece, inhabited by strange creatures — sirens and gigantic reptiles. Philippe Quesne once again revisits the topic of a group of people being isolated from the rest of the world; faced with this predicament they reinvent the world in the presence of the audience.

“We are here, and we have no choice, there’s no escape!” The characters are stuck on the island. I like mechanical problems overall, they show the technocratic civilization, which has made human beings quite dependable <...> “Crashing the plane” means saying, stop, let’s slow down, the world is racing along far too quickly! <...> Why an island? It’s a great factory of fancy, and I am sorry that I had not thought of that earlier... An island is an ideal place for monitoring people’s wishes and close relationships with nature. Here you can also see the duality of the place itself; it is at the same time a land of catastrophes, explosions, tsunamis, winds, tornadoes, and at the same time a symbol of paradise, vacations and relaxation in the sun. <...> The island is a microcosm of all the contradictions of our planet – from the tragic to the miraculous.” From an interview by Philippe Quesne, August 2018.



Isabel Angotti

Jan-Sharl Dume

Leo Goben

Yuka Hokama

Sebastian Jacob

Therese Song

Tom Suir

Gaetan Wurk

Philippe Quesne
François-Xavier Rouyer
Pierre Despre
Toma Lagle, Michael Noden
Samuel Gutman
Pauline Jakobiak
Animal costumes
Corinne Petitpier
Cooperation on drama
Camille Lui
Shooting of the film
Cesar Vasie


Joel Gayo, Rennes, Fall Capital of Live Theatre Shows

"We live in a park of global catastrophes where everything is gradually collapsing: great minds, scientific progress and the economy in its permanent crises, humanistic ideals and people themselves. We are collectively sinking to the bottom ... Decline has become the content of our life. But what happens when a wreck is not the end of the path, but the beginning? In this paradoxical moment of the newfound time, the picture changes, and the island is no longer the site of a modern tragedy, but rather a utopian little place that the heroes are just starting to conquer. The island is rocky and fertile, palm trees and coconuts are abundant. The tribe domesticates the island, tries to subjugate it, turns a rock cave into a night club. But nature puts up a fight and stuns its invaders to such an extent that they begin to lead the primitive existence of plants or sea creatures, instincts suppress the mind, and words have no more meaning. This visual and musical theater is primarily a story about presence, an adventure, in fact, metaphysical"

Etienne Sorin, Possibilities of A Single Island, November 24, 2018 Le Figaro

"People engage themselves as the best see fit. They play music and dance with banana leaves. They open up a cocktail bar with just coconut juice on the menu. They open up a mobile library, where the prevailing themes are those of catastrophes and island life. The Tempest by Shakespeare, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Utopia by Thomas More, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding ... A DJ finds some records and puts together a band. A cave turns into a night club. Nanterre turns into an Ibiza of sorts. An octopus attacks the dance floor"